If you could be rich or have a good name, which would you choose? Today we see that a good name – a positive reputation in the community – is of great value. To be esteemed is better than silver or gold; How much more to be esteemed by God?
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.
Proverbs 22:1-2, 11
If you could be rich or have a good name, which would you choose? Some would say if you are rich enough that you don’t need to care if you have a good name. Can you think of some wealthy public figures who have clearly embraced that idea? Me too…
Our reputation travels with us through economic ups and downs. And when we are followers of Jesus, our reputation reflects back on the Lord. When our name gets dragged through the mud, an easy add-on is, and you know he calls himself a Christian! The words are spit as our hypocrisy is multiplied and magnified in the eyes of the world and against the cause of Christ. To have a good name is valuable because it honours God as we reflect God’s character out into the world.
Rich or poor, God is our maker. Even if we do not follow Jesus, God is still our maker. We cannot buy ourselves out of the place God has as the author of our lives. He made us all and as we make a name for ourselves in the eyes of the world, God our maker is also evaluating our character. Being esteemed in the world is better than riches. How much more to be esteemed by God – for him to look favourably upon us?
If we love a pure heart and speak with grace, we will have a king for a friend. I think we will have the king for a friend if our character is such. Oh to make a name for ourselves with the maker and king of our lives…